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In the News

A Libertarian Think Tank (Still) Did Not Find That Medicare For All Saves Money

quoting Charles Blahousvia National Review
Thursday, August 8, 2019
The right-wing Mercatus Center found in 2018 that the Sanders plan reduces overall health spending by $2 trillion in the first 10 years. The nonpartisan Rand Corporation has constructed a similar single-payer plan, with pay-fors, for New York State that would result in health-care savings for all families making less than 1,000 percent of the poverty line ($276,100 for a family of four).
In the News

'Hello Girls' Documentary Tells Story Of Women On The Front Lines In WWI

featuring Elizabeth Cobbsvia Fredericksburg.com
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
An errant Google search and a last-minute, fortuitous find at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., made James Theres’ documentary “The Hello Girls” come together.
PoliticsFeatured

In The Limbo Dance That Is Trump-Newsom Animosity, A New California Law Shows How Low You Can Go

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Donald Trump received only 31.6% of California’s vote in the 2016 presidential election.

That Trump failed to carry the Golden State barely qualifies as news.

Analysis and Commentary

Will 2020 Be A Repeat Of 2004 For Democrats?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Fifteen years ago, the Democrats backed off from the hard left, taking the safe route in nominating a boring and sedate party man — and came close to winning against a controversial incumbent president.

Featured

A Beautiful Model Now Questioned

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A few days ago, an amazing thing happened when Thomas Brand (@thlbr) tweeted about a short article I posted on my blog EconomicsOne.com. My post was old–posted 10 years ago on October 3, 2009–and I titled it “A Beautiful Model, A Clear Prediction.”

In the News

Why Winning Isn’t Enough—You Need Guts

mentioning Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Ben Shapiro is right. Facts don’t care about your emotions. But voters do. We are living in a very strange time in America. By all objective measures, most Americans are safer and more prosperous than at any time since the Revolutionary War. And I write this fully aware of the double tragedy last weekend.

In the News

Baltimore: The Great Society Implodes

cited Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Psychology Today
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Failed policies have left inner-city children trapped in a cycle of poverty.

Featured

Trade And The Fed

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Nina Karnaukh of Ohio State sent along this lovely graph of the 6 month Fed Funds futures around the beginning of August. Read this as the market's guess about what is happening to the Federal Funds rate over the next 6 months.

In the News

Fulcrums Of Manipulation

quoting Williamson M. Eversvia Murray Ledger & Times
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

If I ignored my mother’s call for dinner a few times while playing with friends outside, she could get my attention by suggesting emphatically, “Gregory, I’m going to tell your father when he gets home if you don’t get in here and eat.” As I recall the suggestion worked; although I huffed a bit as I told my friends I had to go. There was no question about what the “tell dad” phrase meant. Absolutely nothing confusing about that!

Analysis and Commentary

The Federal Charter Schools Program: A Short, Opinionated History, Part III

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Looking at this array of subprograms and grantees, one might suppose that Uncle Sam is driving the charter bus. But look at it another way. Federal funding for CSP reached a peak of $440 million in FY 2019—and the Trump administration budgeted $500 million for FY 2020 (though at this writing House appropriators have approved just $400 milllion). 

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